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faucet

[faw-sit] /ˈfɔ sɪt/
noun
1.
any device for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like by opening or closing an orifice; tap; cock.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French fausset peg for a vent, perhaps equivalent to fauss(er) to force in, damage, warp, literally, to falsify (< Late Latin falsāre; see false) + -et -et
Regional variation note
Spigot is a common variant for faucet and is widely used in the Midland U.S. Elsewhere, faucet is more commonly used, especially in the Northern U.S.
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Examples from the web for faucet
  • There are four basic faucet designs: compression, ball-type, cartridge and disk.
  • And with a few notable exceptions, watching painters at work is about as exciting as watching water drip from a faucet.
  • It is far easier to allow big utilities and the water company and turn a faucet.
  • Anyone who has tried to replace a punctured tire or fix a leaky faucet knows the importance of having the right tool for the job.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water rather than under a running faucet.
  • Twist it to the bottom and the water pours as if from a faucet.
  • Most water-saving aerators also contain a disk that restricts the water from the faucet.
  • The unpredictable drip from a leaky faucet can drive almost anyone mad.
  • Dogs lie around in the dirt, and skinny kids haul water from a communal faucet.
  • IF you think about it, and probably few people do, a good faucet can really make a bathroom.
British Dictionary definitions for faucet

faucet

/ˈfɔːsɪt/
noun
1.
a tap fitted to a barrel
2.
(US & Canadian) a valve by which a fluid flow from a pipe can be controlled by opening and closing an orifice Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) tap
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fausset, from Provençal falset, from falsar to bore
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Word Origin and History for faucet
n.

c.1400, from Old French fausset (14c.) "breach, spigot, stopper, peg (of a barrel)," of unknown origin; perhaps diminutive of Latin faux, fauces "upper part of the throat, pharynx, gullet." Barnhart and others suggest the Old French word is from fausser "to damage, break into," from Late Latin falsare (see false).

Spigot and faucet was the name of an old type of tap for a barrel or cask, consisting of a hollow, tapering tube, which was driven at the narrow end into a barrel, and a screw into the tube which regulated the flow of the liquid. Properly, it seems, the spigot was the tube, the faucet the screw, but the senses have merged or reversed over time. Faucet is now the common word in American English for the whole apparatus.

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